Monday, February 1, 2010

2 Oatmeal Recipes: 1 Sweet, 1 Savory (Plus a Quiz!)

This week on Serious Eats: an adaptation of Cooking Light’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip, just in time for the Super Bowl. It is heavenly.

The following quiz is intended to evaluate your level of affection for oatmeal. Using the provided key, assign each of your answers a numeric value. At the end, tally your score to discover the extent of your oatmeal fanaticism.

KEY

For every A answer, give yourself 4 points.
For every B answer, give yourself 3 points.
For every C answer, give yourself 2 points.
For every D answer, give yourself 1 point.

QUIZ

I eat oatmeal:
A) Everyday. Sometimes twice. Sometimes in the shower.
B) Weekly. It’s okay for breakfast on the go.
C) Monthly. When I’m out of Froot Loops and bologna.
D) Never. It killed my dog.

My oatmeal comes from:
A) The farm. I harvest it myself, with the oatmeal scythe I received for Christmas.
B) A cardboard can. I make puppets from it when it’s empty!
C) A 3-year-old packet at the bottom of my pantry, under the Windex.
D) People intentionally trying to piss me off.

My favorite kind of sweet oatmeal includes:
A) Fresh pumpkin puree, toasted walnut bits, and a dash of the finest cardamom.
B) Honey, peanut butter, and bananas. I call it “The Elvis.”
C) Rehydrated apples and cinnamon that can be carbon dated.
D) The sweet oatmeal of death.

Gingersnap Oatmeal from Kitschen Bitsch (which I, Kris, have now eaten everyday for a week) sounds:
A) Like the second coming.
B) Like coffee with Angela Lansbury: melodic and educational.
C) Like it’d taste better in a cookie.
D) Like I’d rather have my tongue grated with a microplane zester.

At first, savory oatmeal sounds:
A) Delicious! I dated a bowl of it from 2002 to 2005.
B) Like interpretive kayaking: strange, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
C) Like a science experiment. Nice try, Carl Sagan.
D) Like being kicked in the esophagus.

Consequently, I’d equate Mark Bittman’s Oatmeal with Soy Sauce and Scallions with:
A) A month-long orgasm.
B) A Sandra Bullock movie; probably better than it has any right to be.
C) Cleaning the house with your mother before guests come over; traumatic, with the ultimate possibility of understanding.
D) Being forced to work in a gulag.

SCORE/EVALUATION

0 TO 6 POINTS: you are an oatmeal hater and honestly, a bit of a drama queen. You’d rather have your tongue scraped off than have a delicious breakfast? There is an MTV reality show in your future.

7 TO 12 POINTS: you are an oatmeal ambivalent. Once, in 2007, you bought a giant box of Quaker packets from CostCo, thinking they'd be great to take to the office. You ate the banana bread ones first. The plain ones are still in your pantry. You will end up donating them to charity.

13 TO 18 POINTS: you are an oatmeal enthusiast. Your relationship with oatmeal is quite healthy. Also, people like you and small animals feel comfortable landing on your shoulder. You should consider a career on Broadway.

19 TO 24 POINTS: you are an oatmeal extremist. Your love for oatmeal is all encompassing, and your family and friends fear for your sanity. To avoid being committed, eat eggs for a week straight. Should that fail, a straitjacket would not be out of place.

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Gingersnap Oatmeal
Serves 1
Adapted from Kitschen Bitsch.


1/2 cup Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
A few shakes ground ginger
A few shakes ground cinnamon
A pinch ground cloves
A dash vanilla extract
A few dashes Kosher salt

In a small pot, heat oatmeal, skim milk, and water over medium heat. As oatmeal mixture is warming, add all the other ingredients. Stir thoroughly to combine. Let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, and the oatmeal reaches … y’know … an oatmealy consistency. Serve warm.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, and Price Per Serving
253 calories, 3.4 g fat, 4 g fiber, $0.45

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Oatmeal with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Scallions
Serves 1.
Adapted from Mark Bittman.


1/2 cup Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup water
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 small scallion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

In a small pot, heat oatmeal and water over medium heat. As oatmeal mixture is warming, add soy sauce and about 1 tablespoon of scallions. Stir thoroughly to combine. Let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, and the oatmeal reaches … y’know … an oatmealy consistency. Spoon into a bowl and drizzle sesame oil on top. Serve warm, with a few raw scallion slivers on top.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, and Price Per Serving
178 calories, 5.5 g fat, $0.32

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Calculations (Gingersnap Oatmeal)
1/2 cup Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal: 150 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, $0.15
1/2 cup skim milk: 45 calories, 0.4 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.11
1/4 cup water: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.00
1 tablespoon molasses: 58 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.13
A few shakes ground ginger: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.01
A few shakes ground cinnamon: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.01
A pinch ground cloves: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.01
A dash vanilla extract: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.02
A few dashes Kosher salt: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.01
TOTAL/PER SERVING: 253 calories, 3.4 g fat, 4 g fiber, $0.45

Calculations (Oatmeal with Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Scallions)
1/2 cup Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal: 150 calories, 3 g fat, 4 g fiber, $0.15
1 cup water: negligible calories, fat, and fiber, $0.00
1 small scallion: 2 calories, 0 g fat, 0.1 g fiber $0.08
2 teaspoons soy sauce: 6 calories, 0 g fat, 0.1 g fiber, $0.07
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil: 20 calories, 2.3 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.02
TOTAL/PER SERVING: 178 calories, 5.5 g fat, $0.32

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21 comments:

wosnes said...

I'm definitely an oatmeal ambivalent -- it's an improvement. I used to be a hater. I don't think I'll progress beyond this point.

Rachel said...

Yay for oatmeal extremists! That Bittman recipe looks great, also on my menu for this week is Oat Risotto with Peas and Pecorino
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/oat-risotto-with-peas-and-pecorino

wosnes said...

"You’d rather have your tongue scraped off than have a delicious breakfast?"

Delicious is highly subjective. Oatmeal will never be delicious to me. I can think of a lot of delicious things to have for breakfast. Oatmeal will never be one of them.

Kitschen Bitsch said...

I've always wanted to be part of a multiple choice test. Thanks for the link love and for sharing gingersnap oatmeal with the universe (blogiverse?). Together, we can fight instant oatmeal, and possibly save breakfast from its arch nemesis... um... yeah! :) I am so glad you are enjoying it.

Kris said...

Wos, even on the threat of tongue-scraping? I understand, though. I feel the same way about mayo.

Heather M. said...

Molasses?! Genius. A must-try.

I've experimented with savory oatmeal since Bittman wrote about it but I haven't tried his unmodified version yet. It's on the list, for sure.

Leigh said...

Phenomenal. I'm newly converted extremist. Everyday since October...I need help.

Kris, you know it is my dream to have coffee (tea, actually) with Angela Lansbury, right? Seriously. It would make my life complete.

Penniless Parenting said...

I am thrilled to try out your two ideas for oatmeal. I bought 10 lbs of rolled oats and am looking for things to do with them. I'm making Scottish Haggis tonight for supper, using oats.

vjm said...

As awesome as described! I often make several servings at once and freeze, and this worked great. Quadrupled the recipe, and cooked in my rice cooker (added all ingredients at once).

chris said...

I was oatmeal enthusiast (I am pretty sure I live with two abivelents and a hater :(, and I am going to try the gingersnap oatmeal.

I love Mark Bittman, but I am going to take a pass on the savory asian oatmeal.

Anonymous said...

Oatmeal is less apt to become gluey if added to boiling water.

Anonymous said...

You claim to be an oatmeal enthusiast, yet you use instant oatmeal? Try steel cut oats! You can buy them cheap out of bulk bins. Steel cut oats have way more texture and flavor.

Shannon said...

I am an oatmeal enthusiast and once tried to make Slow Cooker (Steel Cut) Oatmeal Soup from a Gourmet Slow Cooker cookbook. It ranks as my #1 all time cooking disaster. My husband often mentions it in front of company to torment me. However Mark Bittman's recipe looks great and am willing to give it a go again. Thanks for sharing.

bevvbevv said...

I went from a hater to an enthusiast because of steel cut oats. Also, I am going to make The Elvis tomorrow morning.

Mudhooks said...

Sadly, we in Canada do not get the Quaker "oatmeal in a cardboard tin". Nor do we get the 3 minute oatmeal (I think that's it. We get it in paper sacks and you have the choice of 5 minute or instant (which to my mind tastes like lumpy wallpaper paste).

I called Quaker to express my opinion that a reusable cardboard tube AND the 3 minute oatmeal would go over well, here in Canada, but they said that their test subjects "didn't like the tube and didn't like the 3 minute oatmeal".

Whenever I mention the fact that Americans get those handy tubes, people love the idea. Who wouldn't?

As it happens, I find the 5 minute oatmeal just fine, now. 1 minute in the micro and it's is just perfect.

I will have to try this recipe!

Michelle (Snacks and Field) said...

Oatmeal extremist yahoo!! and I love your idea for the savory oats!! I have yet to try them, but I don't think I would mind having oatmeal for every meal of my life :)

allison [a for aubergine] said...

i'm drooling for the gingersnap oatmeal. i have oatmeal every day during the work week and this would be such a stellar change. plus, i love gingersnaps! thanks for sharing this.

Lauren said...

This gingersnap oatmeal sounds great. I like finding new ways to revamp my oatmeal because as much as I love it. I hate eating the same thing all the time. So when I find new recipes its great because I feel like I am getting a nice little change. Not to mention that oatmeal Breakfast Recipes are a great way to start your day. They tend to fill me up and keep me satisfied until lunch. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing recipes and I think that oatmeal recipes have to be my favorite.

Jonathan Ferguson said...

Surprisingly Good! The soy sauce actually makes a good pairing with the oats. Will eat this again!

Julie said...

I've never been a sweet oatmeal person. I love all things savory. So I made the soy sauce, scallion oatmeal. A little salt, pepper and olive oil. Then I sauteed (with no oil) cremini mushrooms. YUM!!!

Michelle said...

Tried your gingersnap oatmeal recipe. Delicious!